UNHCR Bi-weekly operational update: Kakuma Camp & Kalobeyei Settlement, Kenya (16 – 28 February 2018)

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 26 Mar 2018

185,867 The number of refugees registered by UNHCR as of 3 March 2018.

2,227 The number of new arrivals with heightened protection needs registered in 2018.

2,848 Number of Somali refugees from Kakuma assisted to return to Somalia since February 2016.


University for refugees and Kenyans set to open in Kakuma: UNHCR, and the Turkana County Government have come together to start a new university to offer low cost but high quality tertiary education to refugees and host community in Kakuma, Turkana County, northern Kenya.
Read more: http://www.unhcr.org/ke/13435-university-refugees-kenyans-set-openkakuma-northern-kenya.html

Popular South African actress and model Nomzamo Mbatha visits Kenya in support of refugees: South African actress, model, and UN Refugee Agency High Profile Supporter, Nomzamo Mbatha visited refugees in Kakuma, as part of her support for the LuQuLuQu campaign.
Read more: http://www.unhcr.org/ke/13446-popular-south-african-actress-modelnomzamo-mbatha-visits-kenya-support-refugees.html

Rwandan refugee medical student brings hope to refugee secondary school students in Kakuma camp: Bahati Ernestine, a member of Beyond Science Initiative (BSI), Moi University Kenya chapter, led a group of 10 non-refugee medical students from Moi University in visiting two (2) refugee schools in Kakuma camp. She is one of the 530 refugee beneficiaries of the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative, known as DAFI, educational scholarship. Read more: http://www.unhcr.org/ke/13366-rwandanrefugee-recipient-german-education-scholarship-dafi-gives-back.html

UNHCR, county and national government hold a business roundtable with businesspersons drawn from Kakuma and Kalobeyei: UNHCR, Turkana County and the national government, in addition to other partners held a business roundtable together with refugees and the host community. The meeting was on the policies and procedures for setting up businesses, legal requirements and opportunity for businesses for both refugees and host community traders and mitigating challenges and impediments to doing business in both locations. The forum’s main objective was to promote sustainable business opportunities for refugees and host community in Kakuma and Kalobeyei.